I thought, since I disliked the novel Witch Is When It All Began so much, that I would dive down deeper into it in order to see if I could figure out why. It’s easy to say you don’t like something, but it’s much harder to understand the reasons why. However, once you understand why I think you can strengthen your own storytelling because you know what to do and what to avoid. With this knowledge, let’s take a look at Witch Is When It All Began when it is run through the Save the Cat! beat sheet.
I was already familiar with Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! script writing method from YouTube so I knew how it generally worked and how many movies actually use this structure to tell their stories. I was applying those ideas to my story writing but wanted to have a better (more professional) translation of how these beats directly applied to novels, so I’m happy that Jessica Brody already did the work and did so in such a brilliant manner.